The 2013-2014 fellowship recipients are Matthew Brunwasser, a 2000 Graduate of the Journalism School and an Istanbul-based independent journalist, and Brian Joseph, formerly Sacramento Correspondent of the Orange County Register. The Investigative Reporting Program is also providing special support for Caitlin McNally, a documentary film-maker and producer whose work has appeared on PBS “Frontline,” and fr Monica Cruz-Rosas, a 2013 graduate of the Journalism School who is now an investigative reporter working in Mexico City.
Matthew Brunwasser covered the Balkans reporting for the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and the World on US public radio. He has reported from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the former USSR for dozens of print, radio and television media. His investigations have examined organized crime and corruption in the Balkans, the global illicit trade in small arms, links between Communist-era State Security services and today’s political and business elite in Eastern Europe. His IRP project will investigate the revolving door at the State Department: what former US diplomats do in private business after leaving public service and how it affects US interests.
Brian Joseph joins the IRP after a decade of working for newspapers in California. His most recent stint was at the Orange County Register, where he served as an investigative reporter and Sacramento correspondent covering government waste and secrecy, consumer protection and the intersection of money and politics. As an IRP Fellow, Joseph will be researching a growing sector of California’s foster care system in which vulnerable children are frequently abused and neglected.
Caitlin McNally worked as a producer on a PBS “Frontline” examination of the NFL and concussions. For “Frontline,” she also produced Football High (2011), an hour-long documentary about the new face of high school football, and co-produced Digital Nation(2010), a documentary and web report about life in the digital age. She has also directed and produced a 60-minute episode of “Finding Your Roots,” (2012) the acclaimed national PBS series hosted by historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. McNally acted as associate producer for the Emmy award-winning HBO documentary, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007). PBS “Frontline” and the IRP are also giving special support to Caitlin McNally to report on the legacy and consequences of sentencing American youth to adult prisons.
Monica Cruz-Rosas is a reporter from Mexico City who, since 2009, has covered politics, crime and US-Mexico border issues for Mexican and US news outlets. Her work has been published in Mexican magazine Emeequis, The Texas Observer and the hyper-local news site Oakland North in the Bay Area. She has also worked for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. The IRP and Univision are giving special support to Monica Cruz Rosas to examine the drug trade in Mexico.
This year’s fellowships are made possible by a core grant from the Sandler Foundation, along with donations from Scott and Jennifer Fearon, Margaret and Will Hearst, Steve Silberstein, the Financial Times, Peter Wiley and the Wyncote Foundation.